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Peoples Majority Letter to Stations 2

Peoples Majority Letter to Stations 2

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People’s MajorityP.O. Box 320014Alexandria, VA 22320
October 30, 2012 Joshua N. PilaSenior Counsel – LIN MediaOne West Exchange St., Suite 5AProvidence, RI 02903Dear Mr. Pila:In response to the letter from Perkins Coie on behalf of Senator SheldonWhitehouse, demanding that LIN Media cease and desist from airing theadvertising paid for and sponsored by People’s Majority, the committeeresponds as follows:First, and most importantly, we find it extremely troubling that yourstations are so easily cowed by the threats of a United States Senator. You are far too eager to accept Sen. Whitehouse’s mere assertion thathe did not receive any non-public information as
 prima facie
proof thathe did not, or that his investments are managed and that he thereforehad no influence in these incredibly fortuitous securities transactions.We are advised that members of the Senator’s family have significantholdings in media interests in Rhode Island and we hope that thoseinterests do not include your stations. Our concern that we are beingtreated in an arbitrary and capricious manner is heightened becauseyours are the only media outlets that are cowering beneath theWhitehouse threat at present.Second, People’s Majority is a well-funded political committee that isattempting to exercise its right to free speech as recently established inCitizens United v. Federal Election Commission (130 S. Ct. 876, 550 US50). Your willingness to pull our ad based on the bald assertions of Sen.Whitehouse is shocking and exposes your stations to legal actions thatwe intend to bring should you pull our advertising. The People’s Majority ad essentially makes three claims:1.That numerous members of Congress, including Mr. Whitehouse’scolleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus, received a closed-door briefing from administration officials making clear to themthat the coming market troubles were far deeper and broader than

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